26 June 2006 Enclosures for a 100m telescope: baseline conceptual design and alternatives
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The conceptual design of a sliding enclosure, which allows open air operation at night, has been completed for the ESO 100m telescope (OWL). The design has been performed both using classical structural design and using an interesting technology based on supporting the beams with low pressure air cushions (Tensairity), which allows enormous savings in structural material and therefore in costs. Implications of the sliding hangar on the project are discussed; the radome concept as architectural alternative is taken in consideration and compared from the performance point of view.
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M. Quattri, M. Quattri, M. Hautum, M. Hautum, A. Pedretti, A. Pedretti, "Enclosures for a 100m telescope: baseline conceptual design and alternatives", Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62673F (26 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672954; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672954
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